Minni v Dubai Dave
Oompa, you are a contradiction! Only 4 weeks to go, with that calf - almost cotton wool time.. any need to race the half fully, rather than MP, maybe with some miles around it?
Simon, a lot of miles in that bike plan, much respect. (does a lot of miles equal a lot of food and cake?).
2old, I know the Runcorn bridge one. Definitely good to do, those odd distance races 4-5.5m I've done for leagues help you push harder at that pesky 10k distance. The 10k on 29th has closed for postal, but not sure about on the day entry.. search for Salford Harriers 10k. There is also Air Products south manchester 10 k 31st if you want the full distance.
10 miles MP for me with pals last night before the snow arrived, first 4m on our hill session route so up & down made it much harder but good practice to cope with surges maybe. Felt good last night. 10m @ av 7:17 with a 6:30 last mile.
Few races already cancelled this weekend, Excalibur marathon in the Welsh Hills, Conniston 14. wonder if O4S's one will go ahead.
Anyone near Leicester area can tell me what the snow is like there? Training course there Mon-Wed and getting train there.
Awful weather, Everyone be careful out there.
2old aren't you lucky getting to spend your pre-VLM hours at the Green start with us lot
Sounds like a good MLR Chick! Hope the wind dies down a bit for Sunday's MLR. Just one more week then taper time, keep at it
Richardson like Minni I'm doing a 10K two weeks before London. I don't think it's too close, or at least I'll find out at London if it is! Is it just for the sake of getting a race in, or to give you an idea of a target time? If it's for the target time I'd go for the 10M, I don't think 10K can give an accurate prediction of marathon times.
I hope Thirsk 10 isn't cancelled on Sunday, partly because I want to run as fast as I can and partly because I CNBA to do a long run on my own in the horrible weather.
Long Runs are most important for me Speed Sheep, you too as well probably.
Speed session isn't worth that much right now, LSR is where its at these last 2 weeks. You could do a little half speed session without maxing out, maybe do 3-5 yassos, a short w/m & c/d. I like the idea of rest though and get a stonking LSR the next day for the confidence.
Some of us are out on our birthday for long runs - the day before you.
SS Moz always says not to play catch up. If you miss a session just forget it and move on. This is exactly what I'd advise you to do. Just do a short slow run tomorrow if you feel the need to run, and then nail the session on Sunday. As FRC says that is the most important run.
Carrot - I wonder is Thirsk will be cancelled? The snow seems to be pretty bad down that way but it will clear quickly if it stops. I hope its on for you. Are you doing the Blyth 10k too? I know we talked about it ages ago but cant remember.
The weather here today has been totally weird. We've been on the edge of a storm all day - its been wild, dark and snowing on and off all day but the snow has been so fine and dry its been swirling around and not lying.
I needed to get one of the sessions in but still couldn't decide as I set out what to do. Decided to just head out and see what happened. A mile down the road and I decided to do the 12 @ MP using a circular route of about 1.8 miles. Headwind, crosswind and tailwind. Round and Round. Bits into the wind were hard and it was biting cold, the side winds were manageable and of course the tailwind was lush!
Got to about 6 miles (halfway) and the temperature dropped more and the wind seem to get even stronger but I was at the point of no return so had to just knuckle down and get on with it. Finished 12m @ 7:22. (7:28, 7:24, 7:24, 7:27, 7:23, 7:39, 7:26, 7:20, 7:33, 7:13, 7:18, 7:00) I felt this was really important session and needed it to go well so feeling really pleased. I did this same run last year and it averaged 7:17 (on a different route) so chuffed this was just a tiny big slower but in harder conditions.
Minni - Good confidence boosting run in naff conditions, 7:20 planned MP then or still under discussion?
SS - Can the speedwork, 5 miles slow at the most tomorrow then the long one sunday.
Richardson - Welcome, I'd race the 10K.
Col/Oompa - I'm on Blue aswell, what target times did you put down?
FRC - Nice MP miles.
Col - Good luck for tomorrow, where is the race?
SS your 15 with 8 @ MP on Sunday is still a quality run rather than a 'normal' LSR, best to be fresh for a key run like that and nail it rather than tire yourself out tomorrow and have a mediocre MP session. Have a lovely birthday on Monday, hope you're being taken somewhere nice
Yes I'm doing Blyth Minni, I am easily talked into races if I think they're fast and flat! It was perfect timing anyway - I have a 10M with 6 @ 10K pace run scheduled for that weekend so I thought it was easier to enter a 10K rather than trying to run 6M at 10K pace while dodging traffic and dog walkers. Well done powering through your MP session tonight!
kfc but good that you're being sensible. This is the time for getting better.
Barry - there have been no discussions yet! I think I'm on my own. I really want to try and slip under 3:15, which is about 7:26 pace (off the top of my head). London always measures long on the garmin so I'm thinking trying to stick to 7:20-22 for as long as possible. I'm hoping me and AA can team up together again. We ran together 2 years ago for sub 3:30 coming in at 3:28.
Here's a marathonfoto of us sharing resources: Bugger pics still not working.
Evening! Busy on here today. I'm on a rest day having a beer. Freezing cold out there.....
Think I might have to hit the turbo trainer today. It's too cold to go outside...
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